Toy Horse - Modern Toys, Mechanical, circa 1940s Object Reg. No: SH 910536

Mechanical Toy Horse manufactured by Modern Toys in Japan, circa 1940s. It was purchased as stock for donor's father's general store at Palmerston, South Island, New Zealand. It was later given to the donor's brother, who was born in 1946. It was brought to Australia by the family when they emigrated from New Zealand in 1960.
Metal toy horse covered in brown fur fabric with moveable legs and tail, operated by metal wind-up key. Painted celluloid cowboy sits on yellow saddle holding reins, with movable arms. When horse is wound up, legs and tail move as if it is running. Key is detachable. There are metal stirrups on the horse. The cowboy wears a pink hat, red shirt with yellow neck-tie, blue trousers, deep red boots and carries a pistol.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Susan Sonenberg, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.00 cm (Height), 6.60 cm (Width), 15.60 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: toys, immigration, horses, brought goods, mechanical toys, cowboys
Themes this item is part of: Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, Childhood & Youth Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Animal Toys
Tertiary Classification: mechanical
Inscriptions: Label on underside of horse, in gold ink: [Illegible]/MT /MODERN TOYS/P.PATENT/MADE IN JAPAN.
Manufacturer: Modern Toys, Japan, circa 1940s
Place & Date Used: South Island, New Zealand, 1946-1960
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1960-1990

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